Shooting a video yourself? Here are some tips and tricks to get pro-quality video out of your iPhone. Most of these apply to Android phones as well.
- Use a better camera. FiLMiC Pro is a $14.99 app that turbocharges your phone’s camera capabilities. It gives you control of exposure, frame rate, aspect ratio, recording quality and a lot more.
- Use a soft cloth to remove smudges from the lens.
- Use the front-facing lens, not the selfie lens.
- Use a bluetooth microphone for better sound. If that’s not possible, keep the camera within 3′ of the subject.
- Shoot in landscape (horizontal) orientation, not portrait (vertical.)
- If you’re speaking on camera, let a friend hold the camera for you; don’t hold it yourself.
- Look into the camera lens, not at the person who’s holding the phone. (Unless you want to appear interview-style.)
- Pick a quiet location with minimal background noise.
- Try to find an interesting setting. Avoid standing in front of a blank wall if possible.
- Pick a well-lit spot and do not shoot against a window or other bright background.
- Be aware of your surroundings and what’s in your shot. Remove anything that will be distracting.
- Wait a beat before talking and wait a beat when you’re done before cutting. Your editor will thank you.
- Smile : )
- When you’re finished, export the video clip(s) using AirDrop; a cloud service like DropBox; or by USB cable connected to your desktop computer. Do not email or text the clips from your phone — they will come across at low resolution.
- Edit the video with a simple app like iMovie. Add a little polish with fades, transitions and maybe even some music.
Here’s a video that was shot by students and then edited by the team at Allied Pixel:
I look forward to seeing your masterpiece! Good luck.
P.S. Have a topic you’d like to see discussed? Let me know and I’ll try to get to it in a future post.